Conservative Republican State Senator Dennis Pyle announced that he will enter the race for Congress in the 2nd district. Incumbent Lynn Jenkins will not seek re-election.
Pyle commented on the race, "There is a lot of talk about the number of candidates in the primary, but one thing is certain—no matter how crowded the field, there is always room for a genuine, proven conservative who represents rural Kansas values. Having been a candidate in this district before [Pyle earned 43 percent of the vote challenging incumbent Lynn Jenkins in the Republican primary in 2010], I have had the opportunity to travel the district and understand the unique needs and principles of the second congressional district.”
Pyle continued, "My record demonstrates that I am a genuine and reliable conservative. Conservatives in the 2nd district are still looking for someone to unite behind. Most voters base their choices on how a candidate's rhetoric matches with his record. With me, they will find no differences. They are waiting for a candidate that does more than just vote correctly. They want someone who will stand for conservative values, even when it means going up against the establishment. My record proves that I am that candidate. I am not afraid for voters to take a look at every single vote. I opposed the Graves, Parkinson, and Brownback tax hikes. Unfortunately others in this race did not."
Pyle is a fourth generation grain and livestock farmer. He and his wife Jennifer reside near Hiawatha, have been married for nearly 38 years, have six daughters, four sons-in-law, and three grandchildren (with two more on the way!). He served one term in the Kansas House before being elected to the Senate. He currently is in his fourth term as the State Senator for District 1.